Lee’s Summit Airport Runway Improvements Project Wins Award
The Lee’s Summit Airport Runway Improvements project was announced as a Public Works Transportation Project of the Year by the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) at a luncheon on May 23, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park. The $18 million project won in the transportation category for projects more than $5 million but less than $25 million. The entire project team, including the City of Lee’s Summit Public Works Department, engineering design consultant Crawford Murphy & Tilly Inc., and contractor Emery Sapp & Sons, was recognized for the award.
The APWA Project of the Year awards recognize excellence in the management and administration of public works projects. Project of the Year awards are given in four divisions: projects less than $5 million; projects of $5 million, but less than $25 million; projects of $25 million to $75 million; and projects more than $75 million. There are also five categories: structures; transportation; environment; historical restoration/preservation; and disaster or emergency construction/repair.
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Gainesville Regional Airport Welcomes Beamer
Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) announced May 23, a new addition to its family: an explosives detection K-9 named Beamer.
Beamer and Berger, GNV’s Security Coordinator and K-9 Handler are certified in the detection of Homemade and Large Explosives. In addition, Beamer received her certification from the American Detection Canine Association.
Beamer was named for Todd Beamer, who led a takeover by passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, the fourth plane to go down in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in Shanksville, Penn.
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San Diego International Airport and Swinerton Open Terminal 2 Parking Plaza
Swinerton announced the grand opening of the new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza at San Diego International Airport.
Swinerton team members from Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego partnered with San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Watry Design, and Gensler as a design-build team to deliver the new parking plaza, which will serve as one of the gateways to the airport.
The Parking Plaza is designed to provide a fast, safe, and convenient traveler experience, with easy vehicle circulation and state-of-the-art parking guidance systems that will direct customers quickly to the nearest available open space.
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Ken Wiegand Joins BA Group
The Business Aviation Group announced that Kenneth F. Wiegand, A.A.E., principal of Business Airport Consulting LLC, is now providing airport consulting services to BA Group clients.
Wiegand’s airport management career began in November 1985, where he enjoyed a successful 10-year term as the airport manager and executive director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority in Winchester, Virginia. As the airport manager, he focused on the airport’s daily operations, safety, security, expansion and development as well as the operations of the airport’s publicly-owned and operated Fixed Base Operation (FBO). He received recognition in 1989 as Virginia’s Airport Manager of the Year.
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Jim Pangburn Joins RS&H
RS&H’s Aviation Practice has hired Jim Pangburn, PE, PSP, as its security and technology solutions leader.
Pangburn will lead the practice’s security and low voltage/special systems efforts within the Aviation Buildings Service Group, reporting to Aviation Architecture Vice President Roddy Boggus.
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Tulsa International Airport Launches New, Refreshed Website
Tulsa International Airport launched its new, refreshed website.
The website is located at the same address, www.tulsaairports.com, and provides an accessible resource for travelers, airport tenants, and the aviation community.
Long Beach City Council Awards Swinerton Builders Design-Build Contract
The Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to award the design-build contract for Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) Phase II Terminal Area Improvements (Phase II) Project to Swinerton Builders (Swinerton). The approval sets in motion a path toward design and construction of certain terminal features in need of modernization.
The awarded project team is comprised of Swinerton Builders, Corgan Associates Inc., Studio One Eleven, and VCA Engineers Inc.
DOT Selects MSCAA as Participant in UAS Integration Pilot Program
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao on May 9, announced that Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) has been selected as one of 10 participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at shaping the future of drones in America.
MSCAA will partner with the City of Memphis, Agricenter International, the University of Memphis, the Tennessee Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, FedEx, GE subsidiaries AirXOS and Avitas, Intel, Flirtey, 901Drones, Express Drone Parts, and ForeverReady Productions. This diverse team will conduct advanced drone operations, including beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), operations over people (OOP), and operations at night, in a total of five airspaces, including urban and agricultural areas and secure areas closed to the public. The program is limited to drones weighing 55 pounds or less.
Alaska Airlines Announces Office Expansion Near Sea-Tac Airport
Alaska Airlines unveiled plans May 3, to construct a 128,000-square-foot building near Sea-Tac Airport that will provide a modern and efficient office space for its growing workforce. The new building will be across the street from Alaska's Corporate Headquarters and adjacent to its Flight Training Center, providing office space for approximately 600 Alaska employees in technology, System Operations Control and other key functions.
The Hub will be constructed on a 6.8-acre site that Alaska Airlines acquired in January and where demolition is already underway. Building construction will begin by July and is expected to be completed by early 2020. Redevelopment will also include a new parking garage, surface parking, landscaped paths and other site improvements.
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Board Approves State-of-the-Art Police Facility at LAX
On May 3,, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) authorized the award of phase one of a two-phase design-build contract for the comprehensive engineering, design, demolition, preconstruction and construction for the new Airport Police Facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The contract was awarded to Hansel Phelps.
The new Airport Police Facility will co-locate many of the APD’s functions onto one site. The project is intended to improve the communication and coordination of operations and resources for essential public safety services at LAX. When completed, it will be one of the largest police facilities in the state.
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Denver Parking Project Wins IPI Award
Denver International Airport’s (DEN) 61st and Pena Station parking facility was recently honored with the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot award.
The airport partnered with Panasonic and Xcel Energy to provide a battery demonstration project that will examine how a battery system can help integration of renewable energy, reliability of the distribution system, voltage management and peak reduction. The structure is owned by DEN, but the solar system is owned by Xcel Energy. The parking lot at 61st and Peña provides convenient, covered parking and a platform to test new technology that promotes sustainable growth and innovation.
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Million Air Opens New Hangar at Westchester Airport
County and local officials May 2, joined with executives from Million Air to celebrate the grand opening of Million Air’s new state-of-the-art hangar at its corporate aviation complex at Westchester County Airport. The 52,000-square-foot hangar is part of Million Air’s $80 million expansion and upgrade at the airport.
The two-story hangar features 28-foot height doors capable of housing a Gulfstream 650, which is Gulfstream’s largest business jet. Floors are heated with a high-tech radiant heat system that allows temperatures to be maintained for aircraft and pilots. The new hangar also includes eight customizable offices with storage space. With the completion of the new hangar, Million Air’s complex now has 84,000 square feet of hangar space and 7.25 acres of ramp space.
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SJC to Build Four New Gates
The San José City Council on May 1, approved Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) staff’s plan to build an interim facility with four additional boarding gates to be opened in summer 2019.
Interim gates 31-34 will be constructed and connected to Terminal B on the south end. Once open in July 2019, the gates will offer additional hold room space for passengers. The additional gate capacity will also improve flight scheduling flexibility and decrease on-airport delays for SJC airlines to accommodate their current operations and planned growth.
Fraport USA’s WINGS Program Lifts Off
Fraport USA announces the launch of Welcome Initiative for Nurturing Great Service (WINGS), an innovative customer service recognition program designed to inspire best practices, boost freedom of engagement, and foster a culture of rewarding outstanding customer experiences at the North American airports it serves.
Retail and food and beverage operators in the concessions programs managed by Fraport USA in Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will participate in WINGS. The program provides comprehensive training to help concessions employees master customer service skills like time management and teamwork, take ownership of providing a superior customer experience, and represent the amenities and culture of their cities.
Louis Berger Wins Project Management Contract in Spain
Louis Berger-CEMOSA joint venture was recently awarded a €14 million contract by Aena to provide project management services for the expansion of Palma de Mallorca International Airport in Baleares Islands, Spain. The €300 million investment project will last for 70 months.
The project proposed by Louis Berger will contemplate the extension, renovation and reorganization of the airport's processor building, the A, C and D modules, the associated aircraft parking platforms, and the parking and access areas. The area of the processor building will be extended to the north, increasing the number of existing check-in counters to more than 250. In addition, the automatic baggage handling system and commercial spaces will be expanded and renewed.
Brent Goetz Hired by RS&H as Senior Environmental Specialist for Aviation
RS&H has hired Brent Goetz as senior aviation environmental specialist and project manager. Goetz brings nearly 15 years of environmental experience, including four years of brownfield remediation and ecological assessment consulting and more than 10 years of regulatory compliance assurance working with multiple programs within the Ohio EPA.
Goetz joins RS&H’s Aviation Environmental Stewardship and Resiliency Service Group, which is focused on providing comprehensive sustainability, regulatory compliance, and resiliency consulting services to airports nationwide.
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Scott Ruch Named CEO of Corgan
Corgan announced Scott Ruch, executive managing principal and sector leader of the firm’s critical facilities practice, as the new chief executive officer. He is joined by Lindsay Wilson and Steve Hulsey who will serve as presidents in addition to their current roles as sector leaders of the interiors and education studios, respectively. After eight years as President and CEO, Bob Morris will continue with the firm as chairman of the board.
This is the culmination of a three-year strategy that responds to Corgan’s accelerated and anticipated growth as one of the nation’s top five architecture and interior design firms.
Roel Huinink Named CEO of JFK Airport's Terminal 4
Roel Huinink has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of JFKIAT – the company which manages Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Huinink will replace Gert-Jan de Graaff, who has served as president and CEO since 2014, set to assume the role of chief executive officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in Australia. Huinink will start at JFKIAT on Aug. 1. Huinink will oversee day-to-day operations at Terminal 4.
Alaska Airlines Opens New Airport Lounge at JFK
Alaska Airlines on April 30, announces the debut of its first Alaska Lounge on the East Coast, opening at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The new, reimagined lounge brings to life the company's West Coast vibe with a cool, comfortable space to work or relax while traveling through JFK.
Alaska's newest lounge features a living room-esque design with multiple seating areas designed with business and leisure travelers in mind. The lounge includes Starbucks-trained baristas who will create custom handcrafted espresso beverages and full-leaf tea beverages for guests. Travelers will have access to complimentary fresh foods including oatmeal and yogurt bars in the morning and salad and soup in the afternoon and evening. Guests can also enjoy a wide-selection of microbrews, West Coast wines or a signature cocktail from the lounge's welcoming bar.
Liberty USO Opens in Terminal E at PHL Airport
The United Service Organizations (USO) of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey at Philadelphia International Airport opened its new Liberty USO center April 25, in Terminal E. Situated at the top of the terminal, its new location is prominent and highly visible to passengers.
The Liberty USO Center at PHL, relocated from Terminal A-East, is open 24/7/365 to all active duty service members, reservists, National Guard, dependent family members and retirees. Over 100,000 guests are expected to visit this location each year.
Wolfgang Puck, Einstein Bros. Land at ONT
Hungry passengers at Ontario International Airport (ONT) have even more to look forward to with the opening tof WPizza by Wolfgang Puck and Einstein Bros. Bagels.
The arrival of the two highly popular brands continues ONT’s initiative to transform dining and retail concessions. WPizza is located in Terminal 2 while Einstein Bros operates in Terminal 4.
Under an agreement announced last May, concessionaire Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services Inc. is investing $6 million over 18 months to rebrand and refurbish the food and beverage concessions it operates in ONT’s terminals.
Naomi Pesky Named Vice President, Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement for the Metropolitan Airports Commission
Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) named Naomi Pesky as the organization’s new vice president of strategy & stakeholder engagement.
In this newly created role that reports directly to the CEO, Pesky will create and steer multi-dimensional, comprehensive communications, engagement and marketing strategies. She will also lead organization-wide strategic planning and key community outreach efforts.
Ralph Hennessy Named Louisiana Lead of Aviation Service Group for Michael Baker International
Ralph B. Hennessy, C.M. joined Michael Baker International as the aviation services group lead for the state of Louisiana.
Hennessy brings more than two decades of experience to his role at Michael Baker, most recently serving as the director of aviation for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR). As director at BTR, Hennessy was responsible for all aviation matters within the East Baton Rouge Parish and the airport, including the overall operations, the long-term financial planning and the development and implementation of a $15 million annual operating budget.
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Fat Bottom Brewing Opens at Nashville International Airport
East Nashville’s first brewery, Fat Bottom Brewing, now has a new kiosk location inside Nashville International Airport. Located in the airport’s C Concourse HMSHost is the company bringing this neighborhood favorite to the airport for travelers to grab a beverage and relax before departure.
Fat Bottom Brewing is open seven days a week and all beers will be available on draft and can be consumed at the kiosk, walking through the concourse or at your gate.
Board Approves Purchase of 20 Electric Buses for Airside Use at LAX
On April 19, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved the purchase of 20, 60-foot articulating, battery-powered electric buses to be used for airfield guest transportation.
The new buses will replace older, diesel-operated buses, and provide transportation for guests traveling between terminals and gates on the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) airfields.
The new buses will also provide guests with quieter rides that produce no polluting emissions, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) anticipates reduced maintenance costs.
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Delaware North Begins ‘The Last Straw’ Campaign to Reduce Plastic Waste
Delaware North announced a commitment to reduce plastic waste by scaling back its use of straws at the company’s 200-plus dining locations at 23 airports and travel hubs across the United States. Dubbed “The Last Straw” campaign, the initiative will seek to curb excess plastic waste by offering drinking straws on a request-only basis.
Using Earth Day as a launch date, Delaware North hopes to sustain The Last Straw campaign and cut down on the estimated 8.1 million plastic drinking straws the company served in drinks to guests at airport dining locations in 2017.
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Judy Ross, Promoted to Assistant Director of Aviation at SJC
Judy M. Ross, A.A.E., has been promoted to assistant director of aviation for Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) by Director of Aviation John Aitken after a national recruitment.
Ross has served as Interim Assistant Director of Aviation since 2017 and Deputy Director of Aviation – Planning and Development at Silicon Valley’s airport since 2015. This experience has included managing the administrative functions of the Airport Director’s Office as well as the five Airport divisions: operations, facilities and engineering, finance, planning and development, and business development.
New TKI Executive Terminal Breaks Ground April 20
McKinney National Airport (TKI) celebrated the groundbreaking of its new state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot fixed base operator (FBO) and executive terminal on April 20.
The new transient hangar and executive terminal are designed for the McKinney Air Center who is the FBO providing fuel and services to the aviation community at McKinney National Airport. The new facilities will enable the Airport and McKinney Air Center to continue to provide an award-winning level of service to the growing aviation community.
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Randall D. Berg, A.A.E. joins Aeroplex Group Partners
As a founding partner at Aeroplex Group Partners, veteran airport executive Randall D. Berg, A.A.E. has become an active member of the firm. Berg’s career encompasses more than 40 years of comprehensive experience in airport executive management and aviation advocacy, including leadership expertise from small municipal to large-hub international airports.
In his expanded role with Aeroplex Group Partners, Berg will provide a wide range of consulting services for the firm’s airport and aviation clients across the country, including airport administration and operations; security and maintenance functions; land use and facility development, finance and FAA grant management; capital improvement funding; tenant and airline lease negotiations; and FAA and TSA regulatory compliance.
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Jacob Sotsky Promoted to Director in Jacobsen|Daniels Planning Practice
Jacobsen|Daniels (J|D) announced that Jacob Sotsky has been promoted to director in the planning practice. In this capacity, he will take on greater responsibility in managing company resources to execute client project work across the country while focusing on our mission to improve the journey at both our airport and airport partner clients.
Sotsky relocated the firm’s Los Angeles office in 2015, and his primary focus has been in support of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the Airport Development Plan (ADP) at San Diego International Airport (SAN).